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Flinders Island Bakery

The Flinders Island Bakery sells a wide range of on-site baked goods & fresh sandwiches & cakes from the shop located in Whitemark. Make sure you try one of our famous Wallaby Pie's. Open Monday to Friday and every second Saturday, the Bakery also provides catering for big and small events. eftpos available.

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Flinders Island Gourmet Retreat at Cooma House Cooking School

We offer in-house cooking schools - hands on and/or demonstrations in a light filled commercial teaching kitchen at a luxury guesthouse where we can cater for private functions too. Seasonal cooking schools of two nights accommodation with all meals and a day of hands-on school are offered. Minimum numbers apply or book the whole accommodation for your getaway for a wedding, special party or group activity. Make pasta from scratch or curries-not-from-a-jar. Make jams or relishes from seasonal surplus garden produce. Your host and owner, Wendy Jubb Stoney is a trained teacher with a background of cooking with some of Australia's best chefs. Indulge yourself with meals using produce from the garden and the local environment. Sit at the century-old dining table and enjoy being served, matched with something from the cellar. Visiting the website shows upcoming events including cooking schools by Wendy or local and visiting chefs. Stay a few days and do a tour. It is a luxury guesthouse with 5 guest rooms and en-suites with separate toilet. Rooms have bespoke furnishings and artworks. The sitting rooms, library, open fire, north facing courtyard and views to the sea all offer peace and harmony in whatever season.

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Force 10 Fishing Charters

At Force 10 Fishing Charters in Tasmania's south East coast, your experience will be both rewarding and fun. Nothing satisfies the crew more than being able to give their clients the ability to thoroughly enjoy their time on the outstanding waters of the spectacular Tasmanian coastline. Whether it is a corporate or group booking or a one-on-one charter, Force 10 Fishing Charters offer the perfect experience. To help you plan your charter you should book according to the fish you wish to catch. Force 10 offer a range of fishing options from deep sea to bay and game fishing. To see what times of the year are suitable for your fishing preferences, visit Force 10's website for all the answers. Departure point is from the Pirates Bay Jetty, Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman peninsula. Force 10's charters go to a variety of locations on the South East coast offering a great fishing experience every time. Prices vary depending on the type of charter you require starting at AUD250 per person to 300 per person. Their boat is 2 C AMSA Survey and can carry groups up to of 10 people.

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Frank's Cider House and Cafe

Frank's Cider House and Cafe is located in the idyllic Huon Valley town of Franklin, just 40 minutes’ drive south of Hobart, overlooking the Huon River. Free tastings of Frank's multi award winning ciders, complement the Huon Valley country style menu full of locally grown produce. Prepare to feast on seasonal delicacies such as smoked salmon from the pristine Huon River, and fresh Tasmanian scallops. Seasonal fruits are the focus of the dessert menu, with cider featured in many dishes such as Frank's famous apple cider scones. Franks Cider is made from apples and pears grown on the Clark family orchard in Franklin where they have been farming since 1836. Naomie Clark-Port, the families fifth generation apple and pear farmer started making Franks Cider, naming it in honour of her grandfather Frank Clark, which has won National awards and sold Australia wide. Discover the family and regions apple growing history as you wander through their Museum. After lunch take a stroll along the banks of the Huon River and drop into the Wooden Boat Centre or take a cruise along the Huon River.

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Franklin River Rafting

Franklin River Rafting run 8 and 10-day whitewater rafting tours led by guides who have been handpicked for their experience, skill and intimate knowledge of the river. Providing the best equipment, great food and what many have called “the journey-of- a-lifetime” down one of the most beautiful, inspiring and isolated rivers in the world. People have described our 8 and 10-day whitewater rafting tours of the Franklin River as one of the most amazing experiences of their life. Tasmania’s Franklin River provides one of the best expedition rafting tours on the planet. The best way to truly experience its spectacular magic and majesty is on a whitewater rafting tour with Franklin River Rafting. With its clear pure water and even cleaner air, the Franklin is one of the last truly wild rivers running through one of the most undisturbed environments on Earth. And the good news is you don’t need any previous whitewater rafting experience to join us … just a sense of adventure, a love of the outdoors and a basic level of fitness. Franklin River Rafting love this place and are very keen to share this experience with you.

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Freycinet Adventures

Specialising in guided sea kayaking tours, multi-award winning Freycinet Adventures is a family owned and operated business. The Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania's east coast, is undeniably Tasmania's greatest destination for sea kayaking. This relaxed, guided sea kayak tour is the ultimate way to experience Freycinet National Park. The contrasts are stunning - pink granite mountains, pristine sandy beaches and blue waters so clear you feel you can touch the marine life below, a true sea kayaking paradise. No experience necessary, suitable for all ages. Tours include morning or afternoon tea break on a secluded beach, experienced guides, double sea kayak, and all equipment is provided. Tours depart daily (morning and twilight) for a duration of three hours (approximately two hours kayaking).

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Freycinet Air

Freycinet Air operates scenic flights over the east coast of Tasmania and specialize in Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park, from Friendly Beaches, near Coles Bay. The company has been operating since 1997 and offers charter and scenic flights in their 4 seat Cessna 172s, 6 seat twin engine Partenavia and now offering Helicopter flights a 5 seat AS350. Freycinet Peninsula is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world with its combination of mountains, forests and white beaches. The best way to experience this amazing but inaccessible location is by taking a scenic flight. All flights provide unparalleled views of the beautiful Wineglass Bay, the Hazards and the Freycinet Peninsula. You will also experience the Swan River, Schouten Island and miles of unspoilt white sand beaches with turquoise water. You may extend your flight south to Maria Island or along the coast to Swansea and then north to Bicheno. Join us on this once in a life time experience and let Tasmania's natural beauty take your breath away. Freycinet Air flies from Friendly Beaches Airfield, located 18 kilometres north of Coles Bay.

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Freycinet Charters

Freycinet Charters is a family-owned boat tour business that operates out of Coles Bay, located on the mid east coast of Tasmania. They offer highly personalised boat charters for smaller families, special interest and social groups in and around Freycinet National Park, Schouten Island, Wineglass Bay and Great Oyster Bay on their 9.5 metre purpose-built Noosa Cat charter vessel.

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Freycinet Experience Walk

The Freycinet Experience Walk is the original four-day journey along the stunning Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania's East Coast. Set against the dramatic granite backdrop of the pink-hued Hazard Mountains, guests walk through rich coastal forests and discover the purest of white beaches including the world-renowned Wineglass Bay. Led by engaging knowledgeable guides, guests are taken by boat into remote and rarely explored corners of the Freycinet National Park. Here they discover diverse marine and wildlife, nesting lagoons, wildflowers and other unique flora. A variety of abilities are catered for and the walk covers between 24 and 37 kilometers. Guests can choose between challenging mountain climbs or more leisurely coastal routes before regrouping at the end of the day. Guests also travel light needing only to carry a small daypack for their lunch and camera. Welcomed each evening to the award winning Friendly Beaches Lodge; guests enjoy stunning architecture, friendly genuine service and private rooms with comfortable beds. Exclusively for the use of the walking group (max ten guests), Conversation flows and friendships form quickly in this intimate atmosphere. Charming lodge hosts create sophisticated and nourishing meals with the very best Tasmanian produce, complimented by the finest of local wines.

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Freycinet Marine Farm

The Freycinet Marine Farm sales room is located near Coles Bay on Tasmania's east coast. We are a two-and-a-half hour drive form Hobart and two hours from Launceston - part of the very popular Great Eastern Drive. The sales room is open every day from 0900 until 1700, offering freshly harvested mussels, oysters and local Tasmanian Rock lobster, abalone, scallops, urchin and salmon all from Tasmanian's waters. You can sit at one of the picnic tables or enjoy lunch on one of the coastal beaches. Tasmanian wine and beer is also available from the sales room. The farm is made up of six different growing regions totaling just less than 185 acres and is a mixture of estuarine and fully marine growing areas. The estuarine areas are in the Great Swanport river estuary. The marine zones are offshore from the Freycinet National Park and are open to the Southern Ocean to the south. Come and join us to taste the love from the ocean at our farm gate shop.

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Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery

Grandvewe Sheep Farm Cheesery sits in the lush Huon Valley south of Peppermint Bay. Discover Tasmania's only Sheep Milk Cheesery, where you can meet the sheep, taste up to 15 different cheeses and enjoy a wine while viewing the whole process of cheese making and maturing. From September to March you can see sheep milking demonstrations daily from 3.30pm. Children are welcome to feed and pat the lambs throughout summer. While visiting, why not check out the café restaurant where you can enjoy various seasonal dishes and platters - incorporating our famous cheeses and farm grown smallgoods - on the deck overlooking the spectacular D'Entrecasteaux Channel. The Cheesery also offers wonderful homemade gourmet delights to take home and enjoy with your cheese. Now onsite we also have the worlds first Sheep Whey Distillery. We make Vodka, Gin and Oaked Vodka similar to a whisky. Our vodka just won Worlds Best Vodka at the World Vodka awards in London 2018.

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Greenoaks Gallery

Established in the 1990’s, Greenoaks Gallery in Launceston was a unique and much loved neighbourhood gallery for many years. More recently it became a private residence. We have now renovated the building, enhancing its delightful original features and reopened using the same name. We aim to bring the same unique appeal and personal touch to the gallery as it enjoyed in its past. The gallery features the work of our resident artist, Dan Villiers, who works in a wide variety of styles and mediums. Pastel, watercolour, acrylic, drawing and encaustic painting are some of the mediums. Dan paints scenery, flora and fauna from the region in and around Launceston and Northern Tasmania. When you visit he will gladly talk to you about his work and how he created specific pieces. We are on the picturesque park at St Georges Square. Locals enjoy strolling and picnicing in the shady green park. Cafes and specialty stores can be found on the park and in neighbouring streets. Ample parking is available right by the gallery.

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Grindelwald Swiss Village (Attraction)

Grindelwald is a 15-minute drive north of Launceston (15 km) in the Tamar Valley. The Swiss-themed Tamar Valley Resort at Grindelwald includes a range of activities including, a shopping arcade, news and gift store, clothing store, hairdresser, day spa, golf pro shop, chocolate cafe, you can test your skill at the 18-hole mini-golf course, or play a round on the ten-hole public golf course, paddle boat hire and canoeing on the lake, and then have a jump on the world's longest bouncing pillow available for children. If you are feeling hungry you can go for a meal or snack at the lakeside Alpenrose Bistro. The Tamar Valley Resort also has many accommodation options include the Grand Chateau Hotel and self-contained family chalets. The Tamar Valley Resort is located in the Swiss-style village of Grindelwald, Northern Tasmania. The village of Grindelwald was established in the 1980s as a unique residential development. All houses in Grindelwald have been built in Swiss style, with wide eaves, flowerboxes, window shutters and balconies. The settlement is fringed with glassy lakes and views of the Tamar Valley.

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Guide Falls Farm

Welcome to Guide Falls Farm. Nestled just above the gorgeous Guide Falls on the North West Coast of Tasmania is where you will find Guide Falls Farm. Set on a large acreage, come along and wander through the native gardens and feed the growing family of animals. Bring the family and your friends and come for a tour of the animal park. Buy a bucket of feed and hand feed Edward the emu, Andy the horse, as well as goats, rabbits, pigs, sheep, peacocks, deer, chickens and alpaca (just to name a few). We have giant rainbow trout in our trout ponds which feed like piranha! The kids will love our baby animal nursery. You can also bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon in the sun. We host regular food and music events and sell farm fresh produce direct from our farm shop. Please see our website or facebook page for current opening times. We look forward to welcoming you onto the farm soon.

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Gunns Plains Caves

Mr Bill Woodhouse entered Gunns Plains Cave in 1906 after a hunting trip. The cave consists of a series of caverns and short passages through which visitors are escorted along well lit concrete pathways. The cave entrance is situated 30 metres from the car park. Upon entry a flight of 54 concrete steps are descended. From this point the pathway is fairly level apart from a short ladder to be climbed down. The tour route into the cave is 275 metres long. Occasional dampness underfoot is not troublesome provided visitors wear low-heeled walking shoes. It is not recommended for those with health or mobility concerns. Please check first. The cave was formed by an underground stream that still flows and contains Giant Freshwater Lobster, fish and eel. Platypus sleep and nest in the sandy banks along the river. Lofty chambers contain many varied formations including magnificent calcite shawls. "The cave is renowned for magnificent shawl and flowstone formations. Improvements including LED lighting will assist visitors to enjoy the cave experience." Gunns Plain Cave is open daily (closed Christmas Day) Please see our website for tour times.

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Hadley's Gallery

EXHIBITION Hadley's Gallery presents an exhibition of artists active in Tasmania during the nineteenth century. The exhibition features reproductions of watercolours and drawings. Colonial artists engaged with the Tasmanian landscape in a variety of ways. The artists featured are John Skinner Prout, Francis Guillemard Simpkinson de Wesselow and Louisa Anne Meredith. COLLABORATION The exhibition presents a selection of reproductions. It offers a glimpse of the collection held by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Close collaboration between TMAG and Hadley's Orient Hotel has facilitated the presentation of this exhibition at Hadley’s Gallery. Due to the delicacy of works on paper, photographic reproduction is the only way that these priceless works can remain permanently on display. We are proud of our partnership with TMAG and encourage all visitors to Hobart to explore. Their extraordinary collections and exhibitions are housed at Davey Street and Dunn Place. VISIT Hadley's Gallery is open to house guests and visitors from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm daily. Admission is free. Gallery Brochures are available for $2 each from reception. On occasion, the gallery space is booked for private events and is therefore closed to the public, these times will be listed on this page

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Hartz Mountains National Park

The Hartz Mountains at the southern end of the Huon Valley are part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area. A range of walking tracks lead through subalpine woodlands to ice-carved crags, lakes and alpine moorlands. On clear days there are superb views east to the sea and west into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The Waratah Walk takes just a few minutes to reach a lookout with sweeping forest views. The Arve Falls Walk takes you through alpine fields and woodlands to the edge of a plateau overlooking waterfalls and the valley below. There are no camping facilities at the park but camping is allowed 500 metres from any road. Day facilities are basic, with a toilet, running water and a picnic shelter near the entrance to the Waratah Lookout track with an open fireplace, gas barbecue and tables. A range of commercial accommodation can be found in any of the towns in the Huon Valley, including Huonville, Geeveston and Southport. The weather can change suddenly at any time of year, so be prepared for cold conditions, even in summer.

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Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market

Operating from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm, at 71 Cimitiere Street, this authentic farmers’ market has established itself as a signature weekly event where the community gathers to shop, share a coffee and feast on a diverse array of local offerings, dictated only by the colour palette of Tasmania’s four distinct seasons. Think of the blackness of fresh truffles, handmade pasta and pink smoked salmon, artisan sourdough loaves and pastries, the glorious colours of seasonal vegetables such as zucchini blossoms and heirloom tomatoes, the air scented with bunches of basil, freshly pressed olive oil, hand picked asparagus, plump apples and pears to the reds of the freshest berries or a cold climate pinot noir or riesling wine. Depending on the month of the year, this is just a small sample of what Tasmanian producers, the farmers, bakers, fishermen, growers, jam and pickle makers, winemakers and brewers bring from their paddocks, orchards, cellars and kitchens to transform an inner city car park into a bustling farmers’ market.

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Harvest Launceston Farmers' Market

Every Saturday morning in the heart of the Tamar Valley, Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market brightens a quiet inner city car park and brings the farm gate to you. Meet the farmers, connect with locals and feast your eyes on baskets brimming with Tasmania's freshest seasonal produce, ethical meat and fish, local dairy, artisan bread and pastries, bright summer berries or blushing autumn apples. Savour a locally roasted coffee and taste your way around our foodie State at this vibrant weekly event before collecting a myriad of premium produce, cool-climate wines, artisan ciders and home-made preserves for the journey home. Awarded Australia's Most Outstanding Farmers Market by ABC Delicious Magazine in 2013. Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market is held every Saturday from 8.30am until 12.30pm at 71 Cimitiere Street (car park opposite Albert Hall), Launceston.

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Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs in the Huon Valley (Southern Trove) is a 90-minute drive south of Hobart. Formed millions of years ago, the dolomite cave is one of two show caves found in Australia. Guided tours are available with a Parks and Wildlife Service guide. You will discover spectacular subterranean formations including flowstone, stalactites, columns, shawls, straws, stalagmites and the unusual helictites. The cave is spacious there are no narrow passages. Each way inside the cave are 250 stairs, all equipped with handrails. Opening hours and cave tour times vary throughout the year, so we recommend you check times before arrival. You must arrive at the Hastings Visitor Centre 20 - 30 minutes prior to your tour. This is where you purchase tickets for cave tours or the thermal springs reserve. You can swim in the thermal swimming pool, fed by thermal spring water. The pool temperature is a tepid 28 degrees Celsius; outdoor temperature is often very cool. Forest and ferns with picnic/barbecue areas surround the pool, change room amenities are next to the pool. Light snacks and souvenirs are available in the Visitor Centre.

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